November 11, 2020

Advice from NSPCC CPSU on Safeguarding during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents new safeguarding challenges for all those working or volunteering with children and young people.  


We know these are uncertain times and as the restrictions continue to evolve much of our usual sport and activity is now looking quite different or taking place online as clubs try to continue to engage their young members.

Remote coaching

We have released safeguarding guidance for sports clubs and organisations taking part in remote coaching with their members.

This information highlights online safety processes as well as advice for conducting remote training sessions. The information builds on the NSPCC's safeguarding guidance for schools who have introduced remote teaching.

Virtual classroom

In response to the restrictions, UK Coaching are offering a new online version of their existing training course Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC).

The course, which is usually delivered as a face to face workshop, aims to raise awareness of the signs of abuse and provide learners with the tools needed to deal with issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively.   For further information contact UK Coaching.

Supporting sport parents during the pandemic

We strongly believe that working with parents is of benefit to children, clubs and sport organisations. However, we understand that during the pandemic, it's not always clear how best you can continue to support parents.

We've written some guidance with some suggestions on how you might adapt your work and communication with parents and some information on why it's important that you do.

Mental health and wellbeing

The pandemic, restrictions and social distancing measures are placing a number of additional pressures on young people's mental health and wellbeing.  They may be experiencing increased feelings of anxiety, low mood or loneliness and some will need additional support at this time.

If your club or activity is keeping in touch with members virtually you can start a conversation about this by signposting young people to specialist information:

Childline's online coronavirus advice

Young Minds' coronavirus and mental health pages.

mental health and wellbeing in sport 

Dr Tim Rogers has produced an article for Sport Resolutions on understanding the effects of COVID-19 upon athlete mental health.

New guidance on keeping children safe in out-of school settings

 Helplines remain available

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, you can speak to the NSPCC helpline about your concerns on 0808 800 5000 or email

Please continue to recommend Childline to the young people in your clubs and activities on

0800 1111.

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